Tag Archives: Energy Department

DOE Launches Funding Opportunity for QIS, Nuclear Physics Research; Timothy Hallman Quoted

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $10 million for quantum information science and nuclear physics research and encouraged the industry, academia, national laboratories and nonprofits to apply for funding to study related areas of interest. The initiative aims to address nuclear physics challenges by advancing foundational and use-inspired QIS studies.

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FBI Links Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack to ‘Darkside’ Group

Ransomware Attack

The FBI issued a statement on Monday attributing the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline’s networks to the ransomware group called Darkside. The bureau said it was notified of a network disruption at Colonial Pipeline on Friday and that it continues to work with government partners and the company on the investigation with regard to the breach.

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Jennifer Granholm: DOE to Include Cybersecurity in FY 2022 Priorities

Jennifer Granholm

Jennifer Granholm, secretary of Energy, said the Department of Energy (DOE) will prioritize research and development on cybersecurity in fiscal year 2022. Granholm spoke at a hearing with the House Appropriations subcommittee in response to Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who questioned the lack of cybersecurity-related components in DOE's budget overview.

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Liberty Defense Holdings to Commercialize DHS-Financed Screening Tech

DHS

Liberty Defense Holdings has been licensed to commercialize a pair of screening systems sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS said Tuesday that it funded the Shoe Scanner and the High Definition - Advanced Imaging Technology (HD-AIT), which are developed by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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DOE Unveils 100-Day Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity Plan; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will coordinate with electric utility companies and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on a 100-day plan to beef up defenses against threat actors that target U.S. power systems. DOE said Tuesday its cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response office will aim to develop tools intended to help industrial control system operators monitor, detect and respond to malicious cyber activity.

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Former EPA CIO Ann Dunkin to Lead DOE’s IT Activities

Ann Dunkin

Ann Dunkin, who has been Dell Technologies' chief technology officer for state and local government for over a year, will join the Department of Energy (DOE) as chief information officer. Dunkin, formerly the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) CIO, will succeed Rocky Campione, who stepped down from government service in early April 2021. 

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DOE to Allot $162M for Land Vehicle Electrification; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $162 million in a pair of new funding opportunities that aim to reduce the carbon emissions of everyday land vehicles. DOE said Thursday it will finance two initiatives that aim to develop electric vehicles, corresponding infrastructure and low-emission technologies for on- and off-road vehicles.

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President Biden Nominates Jill Hruby for NNSA Administrator; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jill Hruby

President Biden has nominated Jill Hruby, former director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), as the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and undersecretary for nuclear security. The White House said Wednesday that Hruby joined SNL as a technical staff member in 1983 and retired from the laboratories in 2017.

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DOE to Fund Research Into Securing Energy Grid’s Cyber-Physical Infrastructure; Patricia Hoffman Quoted

TIC 3.0 Use Case Guide

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $8 million to fund the development of cyber-physical concepts for ensuring the resiliency and security of electric grid infrastructure. Industry participants must work with university-led groups on the research and development effort, which will primarily revolve around creating and scaling cyber-physical systems integrated with autonomous, self-healing and flexible elements.

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DOE, USDA Adopt Software Approaches Based on Previous DOD Work

Software Development

The Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) are separately applying cybersecurity and software development approaches based on efforts previously done by the Department of Defense (DOD). Venice Goodwine said at an AFCEA Bethesda panel she plans to certify a process through which USDA's 29 agencies would align their software development work with. 

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